In order to steer clear of such cases, the University of Michigan Health System UMHS has provided tips on how to treat and prevent insect bites and stings. Five tips they offer for treating a sting are:
- Remove the stinger. The first thing to do when stung by either a bee or a wasp is to look for any remaining stinger. If so, Andreae recommends using a firm object like a credit card to sweep across the site and pull out the stinger. Do not squeeze or pinch the skin to remove the bug and/or stinger, as this will only cause more venom to be released.
- Clean the area. Use water and soap to completely cleanse the site of the sting.
- Apply ice, since it calms the swelling and reduces redness.
- Add hydrocortisone cream, which helps to relieve pain and redness.
- Take a pain reliever and an antihistamine such as Benadryl or Tylenol.